Night Shift Brewery Plans Major Expansion in Everett and Philadelphia

With most of their brands growing
significantly with local beer drinkers this year, Night Shift Brewery announced
late last week that they plan a major expansion at their Everett brewery
immediately and an even larger expansion into Philadelphia in 2020.

Night Shift’s corporate headquarters and
coffee division are located in Chelsea on Second Street.

Night Shift has been growing at such a rapid
pace over the last two years in particular that volume and brewhouse space has
been a major issue for them, and now they’ve unveiled their plan to take them
to the next level of production.

First and foremost, that plan includes a
huge brewhouse expansion at their Everett brewery on Santilli Highway.

“In Everett, we are expanding and upgrading
our brewing system from the 20 barrel brewery we started with in Everett and upgrading
it to a 60 barrel system and it’s going to really change how much we can
produce here,” said Michael Oxton, co-founder of Night Shift. “It will give us
a lot more volume in Everett.”

A barrel is around 30 gallons, and the new
Everett system will mean a 50 percent increase in production here.

That, he said, will mean more availability
locally on tap and more beer in liquor stores, as the company has not been able
to keep up with demand for several years – producing as fast as they can.

“We’re going to produce about 30,000 barrels
with the new system,” he said. “It will be about a 50 percent increase in what
we’re producing in Everett right now.”

He said that expansion was achieved by
re-purposing storage space at the brewery and converting that unused space into
a new brewhouse with significantly more space than before – though it does put
them at the end of the expansion rope in their Everett building.

That’s why the second piece of their
expansion includes building out a huge brewhouse and tap room in Philadelphia.

Oxton said his two partners, Rob Burns and
Mike O’Mara, are from Philadelphia, so part of the story there is a return to
home with their award-winning product.

Still, another piece is slowly creeping into
a new Northeast market.

“The plan is to start building a huge
production facility and tap room in the Philadelphia area,” he said. “We are
hoping to open it as soon as we can in 2020 and ultimately build something that
could produce a lot of volume and a new market for us to expand. We really
began the search four years ago for a second facility.”

Oxton said Philadelphia is a logical next
step for the company, and they have slowly edged out to New Hampshire, Maine
and Connecticut. They also believe that Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are good
beer markets for their local flavor and customer-oriented style.

He said the space was not easy to come by
even though Philadelphia has a lot more warehouse/industrial property than
Greater Boston.

“Even with the abundance of warehouses down
there, there wasn’t anything that met our needs initially,” he said. “We really
found the perfect location.”

Both of the expansions, he said, are based
on the frenetic demand for their product, and a philosophy to not “push” their
beer on consumers, but have consumers “pull” it into the marketplace.

“We’ve focused significantly on the local
drinker,” he said. “We’re tried to grow out brand deep and not wide.
Massachusetts is a focus. Our focus on being local has really made us a really
well-liked beer amongst local beer drinkers. We consistently try to have our
growth drawn by demand by our drinkers and not an internal target. It’s a pull
and not push relationship.”

While their tried
and true labels like Santilli and Whirlpool are still selling fast, the
greatest demand lately has been their ‘Lite’ beer offerings – both Nite Lite
and Lime Lite. That demand is a departure from the traditional preferences of
local craft brew drinkers who often are seen as preferring strong, hoppy beers.

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Night Shift Brewery Plans Major Expansion in Everett and Philadelphia

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